Click here to see the changes right before your eyes!
Check out this PDF report about the changes to UK media consumers from 2015. Really great up-to-date research about how our media consumption is has been changing.
Media in the Online Age
Minimally invasive education (MIE) is a form of learning in which children operate in unsupervised environments. The methodology arose from an experiment done by Sugata Mitra while at NIIT in 1999, often called The Hole in the Wall, which has since gone on to become a significant project with the formation of Hole in the Wall Education Limited (HiWEL), a cooperative effort between NIIT and the International Finance Corporation, employed in some 300 ‘learning stations’, covering some 300,000 children in India and several African countries.
On 26 January 1999, Por Mitra’s team carved a “hole in the wall” that separated the NIIT premises from the adjoining slum in Kalkaji, New Delhi. Through this hole, a freely accessible computer was put up for use. This computer proved to be popular among the slum children. With no prior experience, the children learned to use the computer on their own. This prompted Mitra to propose the following hypothesis: The acquisition of basic computing skills by any set of children can be achieved through incidental learning provided the learners are given access to a suitable computing facility, with entertaining and motivating content and some minimal (human) guidance.
In the following comment on the TED website Mitra explains how they saw to it that the computer in this experiment was accessible to children only:
Mitra has summarised the results of his experiment as follows. Given free and public access to computers and the Internet, a group of children can
Here is one of his TED Talks where he talks about it in more detail:
So what we have here are great examples of how ‘Media in the Online Age’ has had a positive impact on the world, and in particular, in parts of the world that are often neglected. You can use Mitra’s ‘Hole in the Wall’ experiment as a strong example to support ideas from Gauntlet (Web 2.0/3.0), Shirky (social and economic effect of social media and digital technologies), Jenkins (Convergence) and many more.
But what are your thoughts? Things to consider:
Also, click here for the actual site where you’ll find more data.
Dan Gilmor wrote a book called, We Media, where he explores how the ‘people’ can become collaborators and even ‘citizen journalists’. He has many critics, including me, but I’ll discuss that in class. Here is a video of him explaining some of his views of how media has changed.
Like Gauntlet, he’s interested in the ‘prosumer’, where people have become ‘citizen journalists’ or bloggers and are making context themselves. He calls this group, the former audience’.
What else can you find out about him and how can you relate it to Media in the Online Age? Consider how you could argue against him.